We, as a society, really have to stop giving a damn about what celebrities think about politics, and for a bunch of reasons.
First, their entire existence in the public eye is deceptive. Actors take on fictitious and/or other personas when they work. That means they wear a mask. Where you may see a performance and think that actor or actress wise as Einstein or Joan of Arc, that doesn't mean squat about how intelligent of studied on an issue they are in real life. An actor can play Oppenheimer in a movie and be a blithering idiot in real life.
Second, anyone - celebrity or notable - who uses their popularity to overly-influence or bully someone into an ideological line of thinking is despicable. That they would engage in this activity means they have zero respect for what and how others think, including their fans; the people who have allowed them fame and fortune. It's the ultimate act of disrespect.
Robert Redford, a great actor, respected, and who has solid political leanings, does NOT take to the celebrity megaphone to push his political agenda. When asked in an interview why not his answer was, "Why?" He realizes he is one of many and that his political ideology is one of many and that everyone needs to respect the rights that others have to think in their own way, short of physical violence and lawlessness.
Progressive elitists have transformed from Progressive activists to ideological Fascists. They are demanding that everyone think and feel the way they do or they are prepared to equate you to Hitler, Stalin and even Satan himself. That is not an ideology married to tolerance; it is exactly the opposite.
The activist Left in the United States has arrived and entered the gates into the land of the Fascist intolerant. My friends, this is reminiscent of Germany in the 1930's when thought was censored, books were burned and people were targeted for eradication.
We MUST stop this before it is too late...and that time is approaching fast.
Recently, an Australian editorial cartoonist came under fire because of an unflattering depiction of tennis star Serena Williams. It showed her throwing a tantrum at the US Open and her opponent asking to cede the match just to shut her up. The cartoonist, Mark Knight, was called "racist."
How Knight can be called racist when he was editorializing on Williams' bad behavior is incredible, but sadly, that's where we are as a society. If you are Black, Brown, Yellow, Red, or any other than a Caucasian you can act like a spoiled little asshole and no one is supposed to call you out on it. Conversely, if you are White and you do call the non-White out for acting like an asshole you are immediately labeled a "racist."
Serena Williams' actions at the US Open earned her the title of spoiled-brat, rich, little asshole, not because she is Black, but because she was acting like a spoiled asshole. But because she is Black the Politically Correct thought police pounced and now, even though Knight rightfully labeled Williams a spoiled-brat, rich, little asshole because she was acting like one, he is a "racist"...again, solely because being Black and famous today allows you to be an asshole.
Gone are the days when people at the top of their games were expected to set an example for young fans. Gone are the days of good sportsmanship. Today, if these spoiled little rich kids don't get their way they act like assholes...and race doesn't enter into it at all.
Martin Luther King Jr. made it quite clear in his "I Have a Dream" speech:
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Serena Williams' character at the US Open sucked. Knight called her on it and he got called a "racist" by the Progressive-Left politically correct thought police. Not only did Williams act like an asshole...the PC Left, by defending her actions, has proven themselves to be a raging gaggle of assholes.
Truth is, if you sign on to political correctness, you might be an asshole, too.
Trade tariffs work to a point, but when a nation goes all soft-power to gain access, then turns economic hard-power when the loan defaults, it is just another element of China's unrestricted warfare mindset. If I can't get in one place, why not someplace else, with less cost and gain greater global access.
One of the current projects in Djibouti is placing our adversary on the other side of the city. If the nation fails on the debt and China gains control of the port for the next 90 years, access in the area from an friendly nation, but not port, is going to be heinous. The Chinese government is taking advantage of the global situation and changing its own position for the better as the west deals with looming crisis' for a disjointed strategy in the Middle East and Islamic-based terrorism.
So, the long game, where does all of the soft-power put China on the path of reunifying with Taiwan within the next three decades as it is a task before the 100 year anniversary of the PRC? Does the loan shark game provide them additional income it is no longer getting from global trade so it is extortion instead?
Quick read...but the axiom know yourself and know the enemy...in this case it's get someone truly fluent and knows the region to have an effect.
Hard to influence a nation and people when you are not native in language, colloquialisms, and understanding of past and present in the area of interest.
In this case, Israel got it right in support of its cognitive operations. See what future MOEs look like for this social media interaction.
Follow-up to yesterday's discussion on Israel owning the message using Arab accounts and channels to push information.
Prince Salman is looking at Israel as a tech and economic hub Saudi could possibly link into for the region. This puts the region on a divided line, especially when it comes to hardline Islam.
The article points out, which we all understand, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Both have no joy for Iran, so why not come to a mutual support agreement.
Additionally, it might temper, or ease, the points of how to deescalate the Israel and Palesine issues and get Iran out of this picture which would stabilize the region.
The Holy Land of Islam recognizing the Jewish state would put a huge dent in the religious tensions and wars in the area. Wait and see....
Think about this...or should I say, how is this for a jump point to who knows what and with what influence on a global scale.
In a realm of anonymity online, unless identified, this leads into the world of gray and black messaging and attribution. Granted, this discussion is already taking place in multiple realms against other nation states, but when looking at warfare, in its true asymmetric way, this is another avenue of approach in operational preparation of the environment.
Get ahead of the message and own the message...
China is returning to the age of Mao...autocratic. The party has changed the ruling to allow Xi to rule indefinitely...which means there is a whole different way to look at china now.
Will more stagnation allow for greater targeting of leadership to change the strategic environment, or does this allow them the long game while governments which turn over every 4 or so years?
Time will tell.
So here is a bigger question when it comes to SEC pressing the test on crypto, where does the FDIC fall into this argument?
Not sure who has been tracking the BITCOIN house hacks lately, but it is starting to make CC Fraud/Theft look like amateur fun with the amount of money being pulled out.
Is there a point where crypto's and block-chains are going to be tied to a nation's bank insurance structure for bailout and what pain will it cause on a strategic level, let alone a tactical level on economy and livelihood
Note sure how many of you caught this yesterday. Showed up in the news stream and it looks like I'm taking a trip to the book store for work related reading material.
This harkens back to who said it first...a lie told often enough becomes the truth. It is harder to unseat an entrenched idea, no matter how false. There are a ton of these in society at large. Goebbels states, "we do not talk to say something, but to obtain a certain effect".
When thinking about modern spin and the media, Clemens (Mark Twain) points out, "get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please"...welcome to false news.
Only some of the facts, the rest speculation, bravado, fear, (pick a feeling and associated wording). Point being, due to human nature and societal issues, fake news and distorted views will always be an issue to deal with. Granted, in today's realm of the information age warfare, moving the information is so much quicker than in the days of the revolution where it was print and podium.
Honestly, you can't make this stuff up. A student at a Louisiana high school was investigated by authorities because some dolts felt the square-root symbol resembled a handgun.
In late February police searched the home of a high school student because he made a comment while using the square-root symbol when helping a classmate solve a math problem. The comment - which one source described as a bad joke taken out of context to an extreme - prompted gossip that sent authorities to search for guns at the student's home.
Not only were no guns found, but it was also discovered that the student didn't even have access to any guns of any kind.
This is the kind of paranoid, uninformed, under-educated world we live in, where gossiping teenagers can misinterpret a mathematical symbol and a bad joke as a potential school shooter precursor. Evidently, the failure of the partnership between our education system and parents has led to a complete failure in instilling critical thinking skills in our children.
Perhaps if we stop teaching our kids what to think and returned to teaching them how to think - and maybe if parents made sure their little darlings were sent to school with the understanding that they had to behave, pay attention and apply themselves to the learning process instead of treating it as a daily social event - we wouldn't have stupidity reigning supreme!
The fact that this student even knew what a square-root symbol was and how to use it should be something to applaud. Instead, the police searched his house for weapons because we, as a society, are okay with reacting to the lowest common denominator.
As the nation goes into day whatever of the government shutdown there can be no arguing away the fact that this disruption of government services, paychecks, etc. is owned - exclusively - by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the hyper-partisan political animals of the Progressive Left. And own it they will come election time.
Many are trying to equate this government shutdown - which is really not a paralyzing of government, but a disruption in many government services and federal outlays to employees and those receiving benefits - is akin to the last government services disruption cause by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he filibustered for the repeal of Obamacare. It is not.
Sen. Cruz was using the filibuster to the benefit of the American people in that he was pressing for the repeal of a wholly unconstitutional law that affected every citizen of the United States. Sen. Schumer is filibustering to the benefit of non-citizens of the United States in his totalitarian insistence that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program be passed without deviation from the whims of Progressives and Democrats in Congress. Cruz advocated for American citizens. Schumer is not.
The sad thing is that Republicans and President Trump are willing to negotiate a compromise on DACA and, in fact, are actually doing so, much to the chagrin of many. What Schumer is doing is a political show; politically opportune grandstanding. It is all for political and partisan purposes. It is politics over government; Leftist, open-borders ideology over good government for the citizens of our country.
Retired Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas once said, "The most dangerous place in Washington is between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera.” It's very hard to argue with Mr. Dole on that.
Government officials in Afghanistan are reporting that more than 40 people were killed after Taliban terrorists assaulted the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, Saturday. This leads to a question: How are they able to do this?
The United States and an international coalition have been battling the Taliban and its affiliated forces since just after the 9/11 attacks. In the years before Barack Obama assumed the presidency, the Taliban had its back against the wall; existing far more decimated than when battling the Russians in the 1980s and 1990s.
Today, the Taliban can strike at the heart of the capitol city in Afghanistan and do so targeting a location that is allegedly heavily guarded to protect foreign diplomats and business people.
Two points come to mind at this reality. First, the Afghan military/Security Forces and intelligence mechanisms are infiltrated with Taliban sympathizers who afford critical security information to that terrorist group. And second, we have declared a modicum of success prematurely.
If this reality is not dealt with more effectively; if the Taliban is allowed to strengthen again to the levels pre-9/11, the next strike on our soil - or in the free world - will make 9/11 look like a traffic accident!
Just in case you wondered how the hermit kingdom lives and thrives, its women now have an app for beauty tips. Kim Jong-Un has expanded beyond haircuts for men to ideas for women. Wonder if his wife or sister is pulling the strings on this one. Think of the old military grooming standard posters...
There is a new movement afoot in California: The New California Movement. It seeks to see the rural counties of California secede from the spendthrift-giveaway coastal counties of that state. But the proposed split is a temporary solution to a cultural problem.
Citing a "tyrannical form of government," the New California Movement seeks to band together rural California into a separate economy separate from the coast. The founders of the movement, Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, unveiled a "Declaration of Independence" earlier this week and are following a path outlined in Article IV Section 3 of the US Constitution.
Make no mistake, California is in dire straits. The Progressives of the coast have "prude shamed" (for lack of a more effective term) and gerrymandered the voters in the rest of the state for so long that they have delivered the whole of the state's legislature to the Left. The fact of the matter is that California's state legislature doesn't represent the majority of the state any longer. This is not unlike the state legislatures in Illinois or New York.
But the truth of the matter is this. We get the governments that we elect, especially when the majority of people both maintain ignorance of daily politics or go-along-to-get-along. To that end, any new "state" will no doubt, eventually fall prey to the same issues no left not addressed.
Is the answer the splitting of a state? In California's case, the coastal areas would necessarily collapse financially without the revenues generated by the rural areas, causing more of a financial drain on the Federal government come the inevitable "bailout."
Perhaps an intellectual revolution is necessary, where individual responsibility and an embracing of opportunity overtake the victimhood "I-am-owed-something" mentality installed into the American psyche by the Progressive Left.
Remember, they want you dependent on government. It's how they control culture.
Democrats on Capitol Hill are now saber-rattling about "shutting down" government over what they would accept on making DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). As they couch this th digging in of the President's heels on the subject, it is they who are digging in their heels.
President Trump, the deal maker, is set to negotiate a passage of DACA into law. But, like any good wheeler-dealer, he wants something in return. He sees this as a perfect opportunity to do what other Republican presidents have failed to do in the past: affect stronger physical border security.
Of course, Democrats, who are completely focused on politics and delinquent on doing what is correct for the safety and well-being of the country, want DACA passed as a stand-alone measure, even as they continue to marry comprehensive immigration reform with any move on toughening border security.
Do you see the blatant and bald-faced hypocrisy here? They want stand-alone legislation when it benifits their ideological agenda, but couple issues to water-down results whenever something might advance that is not within their core Progressive bucket list.
Here's a thought. Let them shutdown government. Let the President and non-establishment Republicans run with the message that Democrats shut down government to keep Social Security checks, Federal services and tax refunds from citizens in deference to Dreamers and see how long the government stays "shut down."
The citizens of Hawaii started their day Saturday with a message that a ballistic missile attack on their islands was imminent. Thankfully, it was a test message gone horribly wrong. It really should stop and make us think.
My sister lives in Hawaii. Immediately after the false alarm was issued my immediate family's text messaging lit up. We here on the mainland were confused. My sister was terrified at the thought of having to say goodbye to her family in short order. The thought is chilling.
Hawaiian officials have since apologized for the error and put in place redundancy systems for verification for both tests and actual alerts. Politicians will, no doubt, bleed this issue to justify investigations so they can say they did something in the aftermath.
This event brings to the forefront the reality of how Israelis live every single day. They live in proximity to countries and populations who pledge to them a fiery death, if not daily, every Friday at massive rallies, mostly sponsored by their governments. And some of those countries are now nuclear capable.
One has to wonder. If Americans had to live each day under the threat that Hawaiians felt on Saturday, would we tolerate it for very long? Or would we insist that our leaders eliminate that threat so we might live in peace?
Think about that the next time you hear some jackass politician claiming that Israelis should just suck it up and tolerate their aggressive neighbors. They live with the fear the Hawaiians felt Saturday for 45 minutes every day, all day and night.
Every now and again someone stands up, makes a point and does the right thing. This is what James Damore is doing with the totalitarianism of Google. Damore is claiming discrimination, not only because he is a white male, but because he holds certain Conservative points of view.
Damore has filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination against the behemoth search engine and online entity. In part, the suit claims: "Damore...and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males."
The idea that a purveyor of information, such that Google is - effectively the gatekeeper to what we can come to know in today's information age - practicing ideological discrimination at its core should be incredibly alarming. They are, for all intents and purposes, socially engineering information to suit one, exclusive and elitist point of view.
It should be noted here that First Amendment free speech rights do not apply to private sector entities. The First Amendment applies to government censoring speech or preventing the redress of government. Private sector companies - short of being deemed monopolies and broken up - can practice censorship to their hearts content.
That is, unless people like James Damore prevail.
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences banished sexual predator Harvey Weinstein to the netherworld, they did so in such a knee-jerk manner that they opened themselves up to a huge conundrum: What do do with all the other sexual predators they have celebrated over the years.
I would like to point out that everyone - even Weinstein - needs to considered innocent until proven guilty. That is how our legal system works. Sadly, in the court of public opinion, which these days seems to usurp our rule of law, a charge, innuendo or rumor can equate to "conviction" and the destruction of a career.
That said, there are some real scumbags in the entertainment industry (politics, too). Weinstein, faced with multiple charges of sexual harassment and assault, was quick to claim a mental affliction feigning some sort of victimhood and ceded to the accusations. Same goes for the unrepentant child rapist Roman Polanski. These pigs deserved everything that came to them. But what of the others who deny the accusations?
Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Ben and Casey Affleck, Brett Ratner, James Toback, they all deny the allegations. For Spacey, it cost him his acclaimed HBO series House of Cards.
But I digress. This post is about Hollywood knee-jerkism.
With Weinstein banished from the Academy, what is that entity to do with the Roman Polanski's among them? Polanski continues to win awards in the industry, including from the Academy. Will they excommunicate this pig as well?
This is the hypocrisy that is allowed to exist when there is a two-tiered justice system and a society that renders verdicts in the court of public opinion. A serial sexual predator gets banished from the academy, and a convicted child rapist gets awards from the same entity.
It has now come to light that the FBI and the Department of Justice have ongoing investigations into The Clinton Foundation and whether there was any "pay-to-play" quid pro quo during Hillary Clinton's time as Barack Obama's Secretary of State. It's about time, but don't hold your breath for a just outcome.
The Clintons, during Bill Clinton's time as President of the United States, packed the DoJ and the FBI with politically loyal career operatives. An examination into Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign - presented in the book A Fraudulent Senator - revealed blatant and wanton campaign finance violations to the level of the biggest instance of campaign finance fraud in US history. But Clinton loyalists at DoJ sidetracked the investigation into obscurity.
These same Clinton loyalists, still in place - and with even some new Progressive Obama/Clinton loyalists added in to the mix, will do everything in their power to protect the Clintons and The Clinton Foundation this time as well.
Read the above-mentioned book and ask yourself how there were allowed to get away with it.
President Trump, in one of his infamous tweets Tuesday, went right at former Hillary Clinton aid and estranged spouse of pedophile Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, calling for the DoJ to prosecute.
Making no qualms about hos he believes the DoJ is infiltrated and controlled by the inside-the-beltway, go-along-to-get-along Deep State establishment, Mr. Trump referenced a young sailor who was jailed for sending a picture taken aboard a US Navy submarine to his son.
The President spoke of the disregard for information security protocols and went so far as to include former FBI director James Comey in the call for prosecution.
It has become crystal clear to even the most politically naive that the Justice Department, FBI and a plethora of investigative agencies have been hijacked bv politicians. We exist today in a two-tier justice system that allows for crimes to be committed by an elite class without punishment. The same transgressions of the law would land anyone else in jail.
Until there is a purge of political appointees through the Executive Branch of government on a regular basis, people like the Clintons will be able to seat operatives in sensitive positions to run interference for them for the rest of time.
A prankster has made a huge political statement at several locations in California by placing an unofficial sign designating California - and a few specific cities - as sanctuary locations.
The signs are in the form of the nationally recognized blue informational signage, but they do pack a message.
One sign says, "Felons, Illegals and MS13 [gang members] welcome." Another reads, "Official Sanctuary City 'Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make Malibu Great!' (Boyle Heights Not So Much.)" Others include "Democrats Need the Votes."
Authorities in California have already removed the signs, but one can only assume that many more will now begin to pop up, which brings me to my point. While the placement of these signs may skirt the law, they are a form of redress to government, which is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
While California's elected cabal may have found a way to maintain power through the manipulation of the ballot box, some California residents are making their disdain for anti-sovereignty actions clearly understood.
Just when you thought it couldn't get more convoluted. Evidently there really is a Nigerian prince behind all of those scam emails...it's just that he is a 67-year old White guy from Slidell, Louisiana.
Michael Neu was arrested and charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the Nigerian prince email scam that targeted the gullible and the greedy.
Incredibly, some people believe in pathetic scams like this and get fleeced out of their life savings and/or significant amounts of money. The sad truth is that there are despicable creatures like Neu, who prey on these people for personal gain.
As Slidell police Chief Randy Fandal suggested to everyone: "Never give out personal information over the phone or through email, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don’t know. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, it’s a scam."
It appears that CNN took full advantage of the post-family hour time slot on New Years Eve. CNN reporter Randi Kaye took everyone to a marijuana dispensary in Colorado were the herb is legal.
But rather than doing a simple report on the enterprise and analyzing the effects of legalized marijuana, it was obvious that Kaye was stoned. This moved the reporter from reporting on the story to becoming the story, a huge no-no in journalism.
Sadly, in our 24/7/365 news cycle culture, "journalists" have become "stars" and, thus, routinely make themselves the story. Because of this we must embrace the fact that objective journalism is dead and buried.
And because traditional objective journalism is dead and buried, we have a choice to make. We, the consuming public, must either learn to divine between propaganda, click bait and agendized reporting and truth and accuracy.
In a culture that has become self-absorbed, lazy and fraudulently self-righteous, don't hold your breath for that to happen.
As the Christmas season gets into full swing the usual suspect politically correct Scrooges are taking to attacking a Christmas song for it's "intent." To say they are piggybacking off the recent rash of topic de jour sexual harassment/assault claims would be an understatement.
It appears that the oh-so-sensitive Left (I liken them to the yuppie neighbor characters in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation) has the Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside" in their crosshairs because, they insist, the man is coercing the woman into having sex with him.
Period, context and an actual reading of the lyrics not only prove this criticism to be absurd, it actually spotlights te real issue at hand. If we are to dissect this song by 2017 standards, then the ugly thing about it isn't the courting ritual that takes place, it is the societal shaming of the woman that is evidenced in the lyrics.
If the Left is all about free expression and a woman's right to choose what she does with her body, then the "slut shaming" should be the target of their ire, not the male's quest to court a woman he find attractive.
In a day and age when society has embraced high school boys and girls simply hooking-up for sex over social media portals, this fake outrage about a Christmas song is as disingenuous as it is pathetic.
Peter Strzok, a former FBI counterintelligence agent and ex-member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team, was found to have sent texts that proved his vehement anti-Trump fervor. During testimony Wednesday, US Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), shrugged the hyper-partisanship off.
“Peter Strzok wasn’t saying anything about Donald Trump that the majority of Americans weren’t also thinking at the same time," said Nadler. He is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
Nadler was responding to texts of Strzok's that called President Trump a "f*cking idiot" and a "douche" and writing "F TRUMP." Mueller has since dismissed Strzok from the Special Counsel team.
While it is a constitutional right to hold political views, and to even redress government, Strzok's views on Donald Trump should have eliminated him from both investigating anything to do with Mr. Trump and consideration for the Special Counsel position.
This is proof that Mr. Mueller failed to properly vet for bias in his investigative team and casts a dark shadow over the legitimacy of the Special Counsel.
Further, it proves beyond doubt that there are people in positions of influence and consequence who are violating their oaths of office to remain non-political in the execution of their positions and whose biases are compromising the governmental process.